Looking back on almost 25 years of cyberspace censorship, frequent imprisonment of internet “masterminds”, threats, feeble regulatory actions, numerous laws passed, thousands of lawsuits filed, and more instances of bills eagerly awaiting autographs than President Clinton at a saxophone convention.. has all this interference made any real impact on stopping or even slowing the “epidemic” that is online piracy?
Illegal distribution of media was a relatively minor concern in the days of dial-up speeds and limited digital content. Though, when media eventually converted to digital formats and internet users’ bandwidth increased exponentially, so too did the act of file sharing.
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Just weeks ago, the most recent major attempt to fight online piracy came in the form of yet another arrest of a so-called “mastermind”.
On July 20th, The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release stating they had detained a 30-year-old Ukrainian man in Poland by the name of Artem Vaulin. Charging him with money laundering and multiple piracy related charges tied to the allegations of Vaulin owning and operating the world’s leading BitTorrent website, Kickass Torrents.
Vaulin, more commonly known online by his username “tirm”, probably isn’t a “dumb guy” at all. Running the 69th most visited website in the world wouldn’t typically be on the resume of a dumb guy. Though, considering what little effort he made to conceal his ongoings and affiliations with KAT, he may be a bit absent minded.
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If you’re an avid user of Apple products then there’s a good chance you’ve probably broken at least one in your life. What you may have fail to realize is that broken iPhone represented a golden opportunity; an upcoming decision and a metaphorical fork in the road between Apple and Android. I’m going to explain why the Android route is the ideal direction in which to travel.
2006 was the year I owned my first and last Apple product and I hated it, especially the difficulties I encountered trying to figure out how to add music to it without destroying my friend’s library or my own. It was an original 4th Generation iPod and given to me as a hand-me-down. In spite of the inconvenience that its old style proprietary cable poses, I used it for a short while until it was replaced by the music player in my Android phone. I still have that 32Gb iPod, I’ve just stripped it of everything that makes it Apple. Now I occasionally use it for external storage. This year marks a decade of my distaste for the Apple company and it’s products, so let’s celebrate. I’m going to explain why I’ve never purchased an Apple product, nor will I ever own one again… and neither should you. Here’s why:
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